I’ve had a couple of requests on Instagram lately for a look at what I carry in my baby bag, ask and ye shall receive my friends…
The Bag – is not actually a baby bag at all, it’s a tote from Stella & Dot but it has so many inside compartments and pockets that it’s great for carrying the endless supply of things you need every time you leave the house.
Nappy Changing – I always carry a fold-up travel changing mat with muslin tucked inside. Mainly because the plastic trays in public changing rooms are not very comfortable and some of them can look pretty grim. I also use it when I go to people’s houses, I’d much rather we make a mess on the muslin cloth than my parent’s carpet.
I have a clear zip case to keep all my nappy changing items together making it easier to just grab the bag when I’m out, inside I carry; 3 or 4 clean nappies, packet of water wipes or sensitive wipes, cotton wool pads, disposable nappy bags and a couple of spare breast pads for me. Normally, I prefer to wash Amelia with warm water and cotton wool pads but when you’re out shopping this isn’t always an option so I always have the wipes with me just in case.
Spare Clothes – It’s true that you learn from your mistakes and trust me you will only ever have one nappy blow out and not have spare clothes in your bag. I never go out without spare clothes now. They’re nothing fancy, in fact they’re as plain as possible to help them match with what she’s wearing if at all any of her outfit can be saved. So in the clear bag with pink zip we have; plain vest, white socks, plain pink bib, white hat and a full body baby grow.
Milk – Whilst I am breast feeding I am not very good at it, Amelia always latches on but it takes a mountain of pillows and I have to be sat in just the right position etc…so the thought of trying to do this in public is horrifying. For that reason I express and take pumped milk with me in bottles. Always two, even if I am only popping out for a short time and there’s no way she will drink that much. It’s a security thing, I know I have more than enough with me so there’s no need to worry.
If you’re wondering, the bottles we use are by MAM, anti-colic self sterilising bottles. We have found Amelia latches to them really well and they haven’t caused any nipple confusion either which is a bonus.
Muslins & Blankets – Always, always, always carry muslins, they come in handy for everything. Remember earlier I said you’ll never leave the house without spare clothes…I have definitely had to fashion a dress out of a muslin following an almighty poop disaster. I always carry a super large one like this one from aden + anais. If you haven’t checked out their site you must! Their muslins are just beautiful and they’ve just launched a metallic range that is to die for. The super large muslin I have here is actually called a swaddle on their website as these are larger than their traditional muslin squares. I also carry a smaller muslin that is easy to use for little spills and wiping up dribble. The one pictured I picked up from The Little White Company and it is one of my most favourite baby buys to date.
Given it is currently winter, Amelia is always covered with a blanket when we go out so this isn’t in my baby bag as such but it is part of the ‘never ending stuff’ we have to remember to take.
Toys & Comforters – Amelia hasn’t quite reached the stage where she wants a toy to hold yet and she certainly doesn’t have any favourites so the ones I carry vary every time we leave the house but I try to take something to cuddle (the pink bunny comforter) something to chew (Sophie La Girafe) and something to entertain or learn (Freddie the Firefly). I also take a dummy with me but this is often tied to the straps of her car seat or the handle of her pram so that it is on hand when needed but can’t get lost. At the moment Amelia doesn’t really like a dummy, she will take it for a second but then spit it out. She much prefers to suck her thumb which is easier for both of us but I still take the dummy just in case.
Miscellaneous – Other items I carry include a buggy bag clip to attach my bag to the handle of my pram, a bottle of water for me, a spare shopping bag or two cause I’m not paying 5p for one in the shops and Amelia’s red book when we have an appointment coming up. I’m so paranoid about leaving it at home that I tend to put it in my bag about a week before our appointments just to be sure I can’t forget it.
So there we are, that’s everything I carry with me when I leave the house with Amelia. It’s a lot when you break it down isn’t it, how someone so little needs so much stuff is beyond me but God forbid the day you don’t take it all…
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Abi RoweJanuary 5, 2017 at 9:56 pm
I hope you don’t mind me asking but when did you start introducing the bottle and did she just latch on straight away? I have a 8 week old EBF baby and have been trying since he was 2 weeks to introduce a bottle of expressed milk but no matter what we try we have no luck.
PS love the honesty of your blog
Rachel EbuehiJanuary 5, 2017 at 10:20 pm
Hi Abi, thanks for your comment. I gave Amelia a bottle after about 4 days because my boobs were so painful I couldn’t stand to breast feed her. Originally I gave her a Tommee Tippee bottle but she didn’t take very well to it so I swapped and tried the MAM bottles. She took it straight away and has never had a problem with it.
If you little boy isn’t keen, have you tried a different type of bottle with a different teat?
I’m so glad you like my blog, makes my day to read comments like this, I love it when we all get involved and get the conversation going.
Thanks, Rachel xx
Abi RoweJanuary 5, 2017 at 10:36 pm
I have tried Medela & Tommee Tippee – but will deffo give the MAM bottles a go! Does Amelia use the newborn stage teats? As I don’t know whether it might be because I have a really fast let down and the bottles might be too slow but I’m a bit clueless. Whenever I try him with a bottle he just screams and doesn’t even attempt to try and latch on. He gets himself in such a state I then have to BF him to calm him down.
Your doing such a great job at reassuring mums – im only 20 so none of my friends have had babies and it’s honest people like you that are supportive that makes being a first time parent that bit easier
Rachel EbuehiJanuary 6, 2017 at 12:20 am
I would definitely give a MAM bottle a try, the teats seem so much more realistic compared to the Tommee Tippee ones which are just the weirdest shape in my opinion.
You might find that the flow from a different bottle is better for him and calms him down. How old is he?
Thank you, I’m the first of my friends to have a baby too so I’m learning new things everyday. A lot of the time its trial and error with a baby isn’t it, one day you just have a light bulb moment and realise what works well for them.
If you ever need to chat feel free to message me on Instagram, us mums are in it together.
CamiFebruary 2, 2017 at 7:24 am
I was like you found it extremely hard to breastfeed comfortably and needed loads of things to support me but I’ve found as my little girl has gotten older breastfeeding her has gotten much easier and now I can feed with no pillows supporting me so hopefully it will get easier for you too
Also – those Lansinoh breast pads are amazing! Better then any other brand and I’ve tried loads